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Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the most visited park in the network, lies in the central Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota. Although most visitors come to see the sculpture, Mount Rushmore is quite rich in natural resources. Its steep canyons, cliff faces, and rocky outcroppings host a variety of wildflowers, birds, bats, and butterflies. The park also hosts stands of old growth ponderosa pine, a unique and valuable resource, as much of the surrounding Black Hills has been logged.

As is the case in many other network parks, controlling the spread of exotic plants and fire management are priorities for the park. Another major natural resource concern is the mountain pine beetle. This species can quickly kill entire stands of pines, threatening the old growth ponderosa pines as well as the integrity of the trees throughout the park as a whole. More information on Mount Rushmore's natural resources may be found on their Nature and Science webpage.


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Resource Brief– Landbird monitoring results for Mount Rushmore National Memorial: 2016

2016 MORU Landbird Monitoring Cover

This is the fourth year of landbird surveys conducted at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Bird monitoring is conducted in collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. The goal of this monitoring is to assess bird populations and community changes over time.
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Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Mount Rushmore National Memorial: 2016 Data Report

MORU Plant Community Monitoring 2016 Data Report Cover

The Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network and Fire Effects program monitored vegetation at 60 sites in Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 2016. This report summarizes the 2016 data.
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Report – Plant community composition and structure monitoring for Mount Rushmore National Memorial: 2014 Annual Report

MORU Plant Community Monitoring 2014 Annual Report Cover

he Northern Great Plains Inventory & Monitoring Network and Fire Ecology Program surveyed 6 long-term monitoring plots at Mount Rushmore in 2014 as part of an effort to better understand the condition of plant communities in the park.
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Herbarium – Rocky Mountain Digital Herbarium

In partnership with the Northern Great Plains Network (NGPN), the University of Wyoming Libraries has digitized the vascular plant herbarium collections for Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Digital Herbaria provides access to high-resolution photographs and specimen data for hundreds of plant specimens. Learn more...


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